Makeover a Classroom in a Weekend

Makeover a Classroom in a Weekend

Recently I attended a conference session where the principal provided an overview of how her school pays attention to student centered classrooms. Early into her session, I heard her say that she conducts a “visual walkthrough” in every classroom before the school...
What is digital literacy?

What is digital literacy?

What is digital literacy? Looking for ways to build digital literacy in your students by integrating literacy skills and technology into the content areas? A common working definition for digital literacy is: “Digital literacy is the skills, knowledge, creativity and...
Beating Summer Reading Slide

Beating Summer Reading Slide

It’s late August and students, parents and teachers are sliding into back to school routines. Lunchboxes have been chosen. Backpacks have been selected. Notebooks have been purchased. Teachers have prepped their classrooms. Rosters are printed and teachers have...
Words, Words, Words

Words, Words, Words

I’ve always been a talker.  When I was about three years old, my parents would proudly show off what my dad always called my “proclivity for language” by asking me, in front of visiting company, to say what was then said to be the longest name in the Philadelphia...

Leadership and the Common Core: English Language Arts

School leaders face a significant challenge in implementing new reforms, which seem to come with increasing frequency.  While the Common Core Standards hold promise for shaping a deeper, more thoughtful curriculum for students in English Language Arts (and...